Last week, Muslim insurgents killed four Thai soldiers and wounded two in a drive-by shooting in Pattani. The ambush was captured on a CCTV camera…

 

The day after the attack, a roadside bomb killed five policemen in neighboring Yala province.

Why the violence? Well, the three southern provinces in Thailand; Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, are the only Muslim-dominated states in the mostly Buddhist country. These provinces faced decades of government neglect and discrimination leading to the creation of a Muslim insurgency movement in 1957 who’s goal was to create a separate Muslim state in southern Thailand. The main militant faction, the Pattani United Liberation Organization (PULO) waged a guerrilla war against Thai military, government, and Buddhist targets throughout the 1970′s and 80′s with bombings and armed attacks. The violence began to decline in the 1990′s but flared back up in 2004. In the last eight years over 5,000 people have been killed in the south do to this ethnic conflict.

The internet is full of videos showing attacks and the aftermaths from these insurgents. Here’s another video of an attack from last February. Some joker decided to add a soundtrack…

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